Some Videos on Writing


Since the eve of NaNoWriMo starts in just over 4 hours here on the east coast of the USA, I thought some quick tips on writing would be good for all of us. I also want to share a collection of documents I’ve gathered while preparing (or pretending to prepare) for this adventure that November promises.  You can take a look at all the documents here, and download (if I understand correctly).  Documents for writers assembled by me.

Stephen King On Short Stories and More

Just because you can’t do anything about writing fiction and not talk about the horror master!

Tips on Writing A Book on A Dead Line

It even mentions NaNoWriMo towards the end! Some pretty basic tips, but the day before the day before we start this craziness!

Top Ten Writing Rules From Famous Writers

Some pretty well-known “rules”, but a great refresher for me. Hopefully it will be for you too.

Over to you!

So, which video did you enjoy most? Is there one tip that stood out to you like a flashing neon sign? Let us know in the comments!



Two Days of Freedom Left


So, my fellow WriMo’ers, how goes the story prep. Mine is nonexistent! I guess I will fly by the seat of my pants this year. I have even been going back and forth on genre and if there is a moral or just a fun story. Yup, total pantser this time around.

I have found some great shares on the web. All kinds of sheets, and planners and all that good stuff. One of the sites I liked a lot was No. 2 Pen. It’s got tons of writing advice. If you want some where to record bits of information as you go along, check out this page of Writing Freebies. I am looking forward to getting the blog post ideas via email!

My story on Watt Pad isn’t gaining a lot of traction yet. Of course, I am not on there a lot with all the other social media I use. If you want to read it, go here. While your there, Hit the star to vote for it or add a comment to let me know what you think. Constructive feedback is always appreciated.

I also have a ton of books to read during this time. I just got Stephen King’s On Writing in at my library. I think I will drop by to pick it up tomorrow. I also have books to read and review as a tour host for several virtual book tours. This should make writing 50k words an even more interesting experience!

We did get some good news yesterday. My fiancée will be starting work this weekend. It’s a Sunday to Thursday job. Hopefully I won’t end up with a job where I have to work every single weekend! But if I do, we will just roll with it 🙂

So..How about you guys? Are you ready for NaNo? Any good news to share? Tell me all about your NaNo preparations in the comments!


First try at Fiction

FictiontruthLieIt has been a long time since I attempted to write anything but a blog post! I got a wild hair and decided to get the fiction telling machine primed by writing a short story. It is very short, and still rough around the edges, but I published it to get some feedback. Hoping everyone is gentle but honest! It’s called The Splash That Ruined My Career.

I lost my job today. I was upset at first, but now I can see they just saved me a lot of aggravation trying to work a thirty-day notice. I still love the lady I sat with, but it was just getting to be too much dealing with all the inconsistencies. I do know I never want to work for an individual again. Too much bull crap and too little protection for me as a worker.

It’s gonna be hard til I get another job and then the first paycheck, but I have already put in 3 applications today. I have several on the list for tomorrow. If I put enough applications out, then I should get something pretty quick. Or at  least that’s what I am telling myself.

Well, that’s pretty much the end of my adventures so far this week LOL You can read my short story on Watt Pad. When You do, please leave me some feedback. Be honest but gentle.. my writer’s ego is on the line here LOL


On Being Published and Helping out

Sunset in Virginia

Sunset picture taken outside my house in Virginia

It’s been an interesting day. I think my honey and I made some progress, after I got so upset I told him I couldn’t do this any more. Then I decided he deserves more from me. I tend to run away as soon as I don’t get my way. One more real try…from both of us. Let’s see how this go.

Then, Mom’s friend came home today. He is on continuous oxygen until next week at the latest. So, now I have to smoke outside. My honey says he is gonna quit since it is so cold outside here already (lows going as far down as 20F and highs not getting much out of the 60s). I hope he does. I just am not ready to give up my crutch just yet.

Then I found I have my same e-book I was talking about finally get a review on published on two new platforms and submitted or ready to be submitted to two more. That will be a total of 5 platforms including print! This girl is cautiously excited.

Book Stuff

16 Love Letter Ideas Cover

Cover for 16 Love Letter Ideas

I was able to get my book distributed easy on this cool site I found. They do the formatting and submitting for free. The catch is they take about 10% of the profits, depending on your price. They don’t do covers or promotion.

For me, that’s okay. Getting everything into the right format was the headache I was dreading once I get some fiction written. Now I just have to write it up in word, upload it and let Draft2Digital distribute my manuscript to other sites. CreateSpace is in beta but I figured it was worth a try. (Which means once it is available, I will have some give aways for print copies, probably signed ones!)

You can see my book on:

iTunes Store
B&N Nook

Helping Out NaNoWriMo

2013-Participant-Square-ButtonI also want to give back to help keep NaNo free and full of fun swag for donating. Since I am pretty tight on money all the time, I started a fund-raising campaign on Stay Classy.

My goal is $250 US. I have had one donation in a small amount. But that’s great. Every dollar counts and it all goes to the foundation who sponsors all things NaNoWriMo! If you are feeling so inclined, you can give to my campaign at the link below:

Getting so far behind

The sad news I figured out today is that I am going to have to withdraw from all the blog reviews I have scheduled. I just don’t have as much time to read as I thought I would have. I will send out my emails tomorrow. I am so sad about this. I love reading books and sharing them with others.

The good thing is that I should be able to keep up the other types of book posts. They don’t do as well, but then again my self-hosted blog doesn’t do so well traffic wise. Something I will be working on once I get my life back into something resembling order.

How about you?

Any good news today? Would you be kind enough to share it with us? I know I can use some more good news. My smile isn’t quite as bright as I’d like…

If you have something you just need to let out, go on and share that too. I like helping people when I can, even if I can only offer an ear to listen.

Thanks for stopping by today. If you have an extra moment, please be kind enough to share using the buttons below.



Feeling like a writer


Still no progress on my NaNoWriMo ideas. Guess I will end up being a pantser. Which is scary in it’s own right..way beyond the scary of NaNo with a plan! But we still have a few more days. Something might come together LOL

My weekend was good until my “boss” calls trippin on something dumb. I will have a talk with her on Saturday when we can talk face to face. I do better at maintaining my cool when I am looking at the person I am talking to!

16 Love Letter Ideas Cover

Click the cover to see or purchase my e-book on Amazon

I haven’t really been online much until about an hour ago. I was clearing out email and checking out what was new on some of my author profiles. Oh. Meh. Gerd. I have a review. It’s on both GoodReads and Amazon! And the person actually BOUGHT my e-book. My first review and purchase from the same person. And it was a 5 star review with a great write-up that totally made me almost-crying-happy! Read the review here if you’d like. You can also get a sample of my e-book here. Just click the green read excerpt button under the book’s lack of image..I must fix that soon!

I am thinking I may re-do my Blogging on a Budget report and put it up on Amazon as well. It got some great things said about it when I was letting it go for signing up to an email list on an old blog. Wonder if I could get it done in the few days between now and Nano?

So that’s about all that’s news with me right now. Hopefully tomorrow I can say I am working on some writing related project LOL Thanks to all who have followed me lately. It makes me so happy to get the emails. I try to follow back, but I miss people sometimes. I’ll be going back through all that soon.

How about you? What’s news with you? Did you get some progress going on your NaNo WIP? Are you looking at something interesting to write about for another project? Let me know what you’re celebrating this week in the comments. And if you have an extra moment, share this using the buttons just above the comments area. Thanks!



Good Stuff Happens

No..I didn’t do anything else for my NaNo WIP. Been feeling a touch under the weather and exhausted! Driving an hour each day and spending time in the hospital with a sick family member can really take it out of you!


I did get approved as a Goodreads Author today. I have an e-book on Amazon. It’s a small thing, nothing too special. It has ideas for writing love letters. It’s something I did several years ago, and gave away for free. It’s now $0.99, but I’ve only had people get free copies when I was able to set it up as free for 5 days.

If you’d like to check it out, you can go here. If you would like to read it, I can send you a copy in your favorite e-reader format (.mobi, ePub, PDF) if you will be kind enough to leave a review on Amazon and/or GoodReads.

If you’re review will be less than 3 stars, please contact me in advance. I’d like a chance to prepare myself! LOL I do appreciate constructive criticism, and honest opinions.

Also, tomorrow begins my 48 hour work sprint. I do this every weekend, so don’t be surprised when I don’t add anything until Monday. Hopefully I will have time to get something done between now and then. It would be nice to have something to report on other than my “fascinating days.” *end sarcasm*

Hope you have a wonderful weekend. If you find or have found any great resources for NaNo, leave them in the comments. I will probably do a round-up one day next week!